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Let’s Talk TEDx!

Boy-O-Boy, TEDx Manhattan made a huge splash in Louisville. More than 300 people were in attendance for the local event hosted by Grasshoppers Distribution this past Saturday at Bellarmine University. The event was kicked off with a welcome by co-sponsor and hostess, Emily Bingham. She and her husband, Stephen Reilly were the force behind bringing TEDx Manhattan to Louisville. Stephen was in attendance in New York and was asked to speak about Louisville and our local food movement. Master of Ceremonies and Chief Organizer, Caroline Heine, of Heine Brothers Coffee, did a fantastic job helping the crowd transition throughout the…

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Bicycling for Louisville Tour Explores Local Civil Rights History

Join Bicycling for Louisville on a BICYCLE tour of local civil rights history. That’s right, Bicycling for Louisville is adopting the Anne Braden Institute’s wonderful Civil Rights Tour – by Bicycle! The tour originally was mapped out as a self-guided event for motor vehicles, but the local bike advocacy group decided to encourage bicyclists to give it a spin on Feb. 26. “For a fun, family-friendly day of fresh air, friendly folks, and inspiration, join us by bike,” said Amanda Fuller, one of the Bicycling for Louisville board members who adopted the tour for bikes. “Dress for the weather and…

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Lifestyle Strategies for the Health of Your Heart and Your Body, Too!

How to Become Heart Smart for Your Heart. Whether you are male or female, heart disease is by far the largest single killer. For every 1,000 people born in the same year, cardiovascular disease would claim 427 lives while all other causes combined would equal 573. In fact, heart disease actually kills more women than men, almost 422,000 per year, that’s about one per minute, more than the next four leading causes of death, including all forms of cancer, combined. Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are 2 to 3 times higher than pre-menopausal women at the same age. African-American…

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Get on the Bellarmine bandwagon

Eric Crawford’s story in the Courier-Journal this morning was a nice piece about Bellarmine basketball. Scotty Davenport’s job as head coach, however, is more impressive. After several years of mediocrity, Davenport has not only lifted the image of Bellarmine basketball, but the school as a whole.   I’ve been on those early-morning bus rides Crawford spoke of. Traveling anywhere in the Great Lakes Valley Conference is so different than when I played Division I at St. Louis University. There are no planes. There are no nice hotels. There are no manager’s grabbing your bags and taking them to your room. A…

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I Love Mountains

Right now, a group of concerned citizens are camping out in Gov. Beshear’s office in hopes of getting his attention on the issue of mountaintop removal, contour mining, strip mining, surface mining – whatever you care to call it – that’s been destroying Eastern Kentucky for half a century.

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Long Ryders Founder Sid Griffin at The Rud on Monday.

If you’re still looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day, try The Rudyard Kipling. Sid Griffin, a Louisville native who formed one of the first (some claim THE first) alt-country band back in the 1980s, now lives in London (England, not Kentucky). His current band, The Coal Porters, is in American to perform at the Folk Alliance in Memphis, but stopping through Louisville for a rare show. The sliding scale admission is $5-$10, depending on what you’re able to pay, so it’s a deal no matter your income bracket. I tried to catch the Coal Porters  at the…

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13th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Tomorrow (Feb. 12) kicks-off the 13th Annual Jewish Film Festival. The festival features 10 award-winning international films aimed at providing audiences a means to understand Jewish culture and its intricacies. The first of the films shown is “Tough Crowd”, an eight minute short created by Louisville native Jeffrey Roth and feature film “Eli and Ben.” Following that Congregation Adath Jeshurun will host the opening night event Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets cost $15 and include a dessert reception. “A Film Unfinished” will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 at Chao Auditorium for free. On Sunday, Feb. 20…

Good Vibrations

We have in our culture and language examples such as “we resonated”, “the vibe was bad”, “good vibrations”, “on the same wavelength”, “in sync”… All suggest our recognition that vibrations and frequencies are visceral, they influence how you feel and who you spend time with – or not, including yourself! My intentions are: • To remind you that you already know that vibrations have an impact on you • To introduce you to the many local Sound Healing practices and practitioners • To get you to experiment with Sound Healing – you truly only “get it” through the sensory experience…

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Taylor Swift Comes to Yum!

The Yum Center just announced that Taylor Swift, that’s right, Taylor Swift, will perform at the KFC Yum Center July 2. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10.  This seems like a big deal.  Here’s the official release. Anybody going? LOUISVILLE, KY (February 9, 2011) – Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated “Speak Now World Tour 2011” will include Louisville as a stop on its North American leg. Sponsored by COVERGIRL®, this high-energy, theatrical presentation is centered on one of today’s biggest cross-genre artists as she delights fans with special guest NeedToBreathe in the city’s newest multi-purpose arena, the KFC Yum! Center…